Canadian-born author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942) is best known for her Anne of Green Gables series. The first installment in the series, Anne of Green Gables, was published in 1908 and made Montgomery an international literary star. She went on to write twenty more novels, 530 short stories, five hundred poems, and thirty essays. She was given the Order of the British Empire by Great Britain’s King George V and named a National Historic Person by the Canadian federal government. Her childhood home and surrounding area on Prince Edward Island, where Anne of Green Gables takes place, are designated historic sites and popular tourist destinations.